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Dec 11, 2014 - Quilotoa trek day 2; Inislivi to Chugchilán and horse trek

DaY 2 hike A great start to today came by way of a sumptuous breakfast of what was termed "Dutch pancakes" prepared by our volunteer-host Janina from Germany with assistance from Matteo from France. Whether they were the real deal "pannekoeken" from Holland or just a thicker version of crepes mattered not a whit to us. They were unlimited and filled with fresh fruits and accompanied by delicious coffee and that was more than ok for us. After bidding adiós to our excellent hosts, we headed down into the Toachi river valley and along the...

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Exploring Ecuador

May 28, 2012 - Ai piedi del Quilotoa

A Chugchilan ritorno con la mente alle mie estati passate sulle Dolomiti. Il nostro ostello è una grande casa in legno, le stanze hanno una mansarda e fuori da ognuna, sul balcone che le collega, vi è un’amaca. Non c’è niente da fare, se non passeggiare, così la famiglia che gestisce il nostro rifugio ha allestito una sala giochi, con due tavoli da biliardo, un tavolo da ping pong e il biliardino, più un angolo lettura, con divano e poltrone accanto a una stufa a legna, dalla quale si diffonde il profumo di montagna emanato dai rametti...

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My Big Trip

May 21, 2010 - Chugchilan

To bus ($10 US - taxi...after Bogota we've gotten gun shy of buses when it comes to connecting w/ Terminals, ha!). Sur station (this place is bigger/better than most airports we've been in!) by 8:45am lvg for Latacunga ($1.50) arr at 10:30 then another lvg at noon for Sumbahra Chugchilan getting there mid-afternoon. Countryside beautiful green, sky overcast, temp cool. I've noticed in Ecuador lots of partially completed bldgs (businesses, homes, apts???), also, alot of road construction similar to Colombia. Drivers in Colombia had a speed...

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South America Plus

May 15, 2010 - Walking to Chugchilan

After a very hearty breakfast I set off on my hike. First the path was a clay path and I passed men going to work with picks walking and riding up the hills on their horses. I quickly realised that the path was not that easy to follow and I was often stopping people to check I was going in the right direction. It didn't take long until I was feeling a little queasy and then was violently ill. After semi recovering I rounded the corner to greet a very old hunched over lady carrying twigs who had a long conversation with me. I only wish I...

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Adios Amigos 2010

Aug 19, 2008 - Off to do the Quillotoa loop, high in the Andes...

Bit off the beaten track and two interesting (!) bus rides from Quito, but the day after getting back from the Galapagos I set off for Quillotoa and the Black Sheep Inn at Chugchilan. Bit of a transition in terms of altitude at 12,500ft. compared with the Galapagos, but definitely worth the effort. The scenery was like no other that I've seen so far with towering mountains and volcanoes, crazy steep terraces and flat plateaus and a landscape which looked in places as if it had been fashioned with some gigantic carving knife. The locals...

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Jul 11, 2007 - Quilotoa Loop & The Black Sheep Inn

Ok, where to begin with this one... We had arranged with a private transfer to collect us at 10:30 from our Quito hotel & 'Rex' turned up promptly with his daughter in tow. Unfortunately for us he then announced that his pads needed replacing which shouldn't take more than 20minutes... 4hrs, new disks & new pads installed... we set off on our 4hr transfer... :-( All was going well when disaster struck again some 12km from a town Sigchos on a very very very remote dirt track... His 4x4 'boke down'. By now Fi & I are thinking of 'hiking' the...

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